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Not used to driving through snow, here’s Met travel advice

`Take extra care when driving in adverse weather conditions’ 2nd December 2010: The not-so-cold wintry conditions in your own country may have left you unprepared for the harsh dull onslaught of snow. And, you may actually be finding it tough to step on your vehicle’s accelerator pedal while driving your way to the office. Worry not! The met has issues a list of do’s and don’t’s for people driving through snow — you included.
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In a public warning to all drivers, the Met has asked them to take extra care when driving in recent adverse weather conditions.

Chief Superintendent David Snelling, head of the Traffic Unit, said: "In really bad snow or ice, do not drive unless absolutely necessary.

"Always check the weather forecasts before travelling and allow extra time for your journey to avoid rushing. Taking a little extra time and care over your journey can make a big difference to your safety.

"Drivers need to take special care when driving in bad weather especially when it affects road conditions and visibility. Driving in snow and ice is very different from driving on a dry and sunny day and can affect both your ability to drive and your vehicle.

"Drivers embarking on long journeys should also take care, tiredness can cause collisions so if you are making a long trip make sure you take breaks, or share the driving."

The advice from the Met includes: Vehicle maintenance is very important. Tyres should have plenty of tread and be at the right pressure. Check that your brakes are in good working order. Lights and windscreen wipers should work properly. Make sure you have plenty of screen wash and add anti-freeze to the radiator.

The Met adds always clear snow and ice from all windows and mirrors before travelling to ensure you have good visibility; and always carry a scraper and de-icer to clear windows and mirrors.

Ice and slush can mean it will take you 10 times longer to stop than on a dry road, so slow down, manoeuvre gently and avoid sudden braking or acceleration.

Take extra care around snowploughs and salting lorries. Keep a safe distance and don’t attempt to overtake.

Pack blankets in to your car – or make sure you have plenty of warm clothes; take provisions such as water, tea or coffee and snacks; and take breaks or share driving when making long journeys.

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